Native birdsfoot trefoil wildflower seeds:
Flowers: June to September.
Sow: soak the seeds in water for 24 hours or gently scarify before sowing. Then sow directly into a well-prepared bed when temperatures are warmer and the ground temperature is above 12 degrees. Seeds sown in autumn have a good chance of producing flowers in their first summer.
Lifecycle: medium-term perennial, lasting between 2 and 4 years. Bright yellow flowers appear in summer, with a peak flowering period from late June to mid-July. These flowers eventually form seed pods containing small dark-brown seeds that, when in contact with soil, germinate during cool, moist periods in spring and autumn.
Best for: sandy poor soil and chalk pasture. Often found growing alongside ribwort plantain, red clover, and lady’s bedstraw.
Also known as: butter and eggs and hen and chickens. Its other name ‘eggs and bacon’ is often favoured as the mature flower is usually the colour of egg yolk whilst the bud is often red.